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Pride & Joy Mild Ale - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Pride & Joy Mild AlePride & Joy Mild Ale

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2,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,142
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 75
Gots: 229 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 08-06-2001

A smooth, medium-bodied session beer with bright citrus hop aroma and finish. Our interpretation of an American Mild Ale.

42 IBU
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Photo of willyc
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was excited about this mild ale but was a little bit let down own it. Even though it is flavor foward mild ale, which is a style I only have a few to compare with, it did little for me. Don't get me wrong it was good just not very rememberable. A little fruit and caramel it was enjoyable, and I know it is a session beer and it is well done. I just don't think I'll get another six pack for a few months. Good day.

Photo of kaips1
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle into a sam a perfect pint

This is next to a lake Erie monster is darker, with a nice deep copper penny color. The nose does subtle attacks of citrus and brings thoughts of how good the taste will be. The taste isn't the hoppy bomb I thought I might get but then again it wasn't supposed to be. There is some good citrus hop in the front. The mouthfeel is full of tingly life, lots of carbonation. Overall it's pretty awesome for a hot summer day with a seasonable beer done in 3 Floyd standards. I could drink this all day or night.

Photo of OnThenIn
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Small, tight, off-white head that rests on top of a slightly hazy, darker copper body.

S: The citrus hop aroma is rather dominant and delicious smelling.

T: The taste starts out rather sweet and is then followed by a grapefruit and general citrus fruit hop flavor, as well as a little bit of bitter bite.

M: The body is kinda thin and the carbonation is slightly light.

D: The beer is surprisingly not as drinkable as is desired due to the style of the beer.

Photo of richkrull
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with lots of fluffy beige head on it.

Smell is pretty faint. Not picking up much.

Taste is fairly balanced. Good hop flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall this is a really good beer. I enjoyed it and would definitely drink it again.

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pride & Joy pours out as a dark orange color almost a light brown, The body is a little cloudy cutting down on the clarity of the brew. The head was pretty good looked thick and white and laced the glass nicely. The smell of the beer had a good balance of hops and malts on the nose, it also had a bit of a yeast aroma coming off it too. The taste of the beer was soft and had a good amount of malt in the flavor. The bitterness come though in the end with the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth and medium bodied. Overall It's a very nice brew but probably my least favorite of the 3 Floyd's year round releases.

Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pleasing amber color with a 1/4" head that doesn't last very long.

S: Mild floral notes and a touch of pine.

T: More hop-forward than I'd expect of a mild, but decently balanced.

M: good carbonation, nice clean bitter finish

O: nice, solid, drinkable beer. Would probably drink it regularly if it were distributed here.

Photo of Northsider
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Fountainhead Chicago.

I thought this was a different style, so I was surprised to taste the hoppiness in this. The hops and bitterness wasn't overpowering as I've experienced with other pale ales, but it was definitely noticeable and distracting. Taste was that of grapefruit and pine (?). Very smooth and drinkable beer, but not my style and the hops to my taste buds are just too funky. I recommend this for pale ale lovers and hopheads, but not to people like me who don't care for them.

Photo of dmfrench
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spiced zesty apple APA, like a better SNPA

A: Pretty, hazy, deep pumpkin orange body with a somewhat persistent one finger off white head. A bit too much yeast particulate for me, but not off putting. At least I know it's real.

S: Floydian. Grapefruit and oily weed. Sweet spiced caramel and just a hint of banana balance the hops well. Aroma didn't stick around too long after the pour, however.

T: Rich, acidic, resinous hops greet you up front, being extremely clear but not overly potent. Zesty apple flavor comes to the forefront, reminiscent of SNPA, but bigger. Malt flavors take a back seat, but you can appreciate the creaminess and sweetness they provide.

M: Medium light body, well carbonated, with a pleasant fine grained texture.

Photo of beerpirates
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

 beeragent ( New Braunfels, Texas )

A / 4.3  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12 oz bottel Poured into my struise glass

A - The beer poured a medium gold / light amber colour forming a creamy 1/2 inch head that quickly faded. Small spots of lace on the glass.

S - Dominant aroma of citrusy hops along with a noticeable caramel malt presence.

T - Very well balanced between the hops and malts. Nice citrusy hop flavor up front, blending into a smooth caramel malt finish.

M - Light bodied. Lighter mouthfeel than expected. Smooth without
the sharp hop finish.

D - light mouthfeel. I could drink this all night. There
is no doubt, this is a good sessionable pale ale.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 3.19.11

A - Pours a darker orange color with a nice off-white, creamy head.

S - Clean, very floral and pleasant.

T - Grapefruit, and a nice carmel malty.

D - Very smooth and easy drinking. Very floral, but not sweet.

O - overall, I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of mdvatab
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle
No born on date (per standard Three Floyds practice)

Aroma: Almost like a toned-down Alpha King aroma. Light herbal piney hops on the front. Multi-grain malt on the exhale. A very subtle sulphur note is also present.

Appearance: Somewhat hazy golden-amber clover honey-colored body. One-fingered off-white head collapses slowly.

Flavor: Tart, lemony hop and yeast profile up front. Dry maltiness w/ a touch of honey sweetness, and a light woody, almost cedar-like flavor on the finish. Mild bitterness appears briefly at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp sting from carbonation as the beer hits the tip of the tongue. Light tartness and bitterness of the beer is slightly drying on the tongue.

Overall: Definitely pleasantly different from what I'd anticipated--even after smelling the aroma. A unique FFF take on the mild style. A very sessionable warm weather ale. Who says that summer beer has to mean golden lager?

Photo of Avagadro
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to aasher for hooking me up with this one.

A: Pride and Joy has the same color as iced tea, and is topped by an impressively frothy head. It boasts significant murkiness, and has great head retention.

S: The hops are quite upfront in this bouquet, with grapefruit pushing past the toasty malt notes.

T: Light and dry, with a great toasty/carmel malt base and a well balanced hop profile. This is definitely a dangerously sessionable brew.

M: Light, effervescent, and clean on the finish.

O: Definitely a great brew. I am happy that BA went with this brew's proper style; and APA. This doesn't come close to any Mild I've had, but is great as an APA. I'm very happy I was able to try this delightful draught.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A lovely clouded amber body with small tan/yellow head

S - Creamy citrus, grapefruit. Not a lot to it.

T - sweet fruit, dry hops, a bit spicy. There's something very intriguing here that I recognize but can't quite put my finger on.

M - Nice and light on the palate, smooth, drying.

O (D) - Really a very interesting beer. It's not great tasting, but it's complex and intriguing which absolutely counts for something.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

Pours light gold with two fingers of pure white foam. Minimal lacing. Fragrant citrus hop nose with very mild malt presence; mango and tropical fruit as it warms. Taste is the same, with a nice crispness and very slight bitterness on the finish. Carbonation is medium-high, appropriate for the style. Overall, really tasty and highly drinkable beer which manages to be light but still flavorful. I can see this as a fantastic palate cleanser for Indian or Thai food. Great stuff.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can never find this in singles, and I don't really want to pay $12+ for a six-pack. Luckily, I found it at Chumley's in Broadripple, IN. Had to ask for a glass, though. It's a little disappointing for a bar that's supposed to be a craft beer destination in Indy - but that's beside the point. Here's what I thought of the beer:

A: A hazy golden brown; darker and thicker than a PA usually turns out. The foamy white head fades pretty quickly, but the thickness of the body still gives it that full-bodied look.

S: Ultra-hoppy! Excellent. Bright cherry and lemon/lime notes abound, although not from malts. It's probably just a wide variety of hops making their appearances.

T: Perfectly refreshing. Hops are light on the palate, leaving the finish more crisp than dry. The barley doesn't exactly bring balance, because the hops are so mellow; they do, however, give it an organic freshness. It all comes together with an earthiness that I didn't think was possible with such a light beer. Well done!

M: Just carbonated enough to keep the experience light with out drawing too much attention away from the palate.

O: Hell yeah! Now THIS is a session beer! Next time when I'm out, I definitely won't hesitate to get a sixer.

Photo of beenitty
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours orange/red , very nice lacing, quickly dissipating head

S: not getting much here, lots pine and a bit of wheat, then nothing, tough to pick up a lasting whiff of what this beer is all about, a bit lacking (no date on bottle, could be old bottle)

EDIT: Tried a new bottle, definite improvement on the smell, nice hop smell, nothing insane though.

T: A bit prickly/spicy at first,then hops followed by the wheat. Definitely tastes like hybrid APA/IPA.

M: Smooth, feel of APA and finish of an IPA works really well, taste of this style lacks a bit of complexity I search for but mouthfeel is probably best marks.

D: Very High. Throwing these back with no problem. After a few the palate gets accustomed to having more hops in APA and it goes down very nice.

Trying most of Three Floyds spread in a shipment I just got. Tasty appetizer to the other FFF brews. Decent, but nothing insane. Good summer brew with a hoppy surprise.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep yellow/orange hue body, 1 finger head, wonderful lacing

S: hint of orange peel, lemon zest, big pine, big wheat

T: big pine and wheat, then crisp long bitter finish

M: med/light body, firm carbonation,
prick on tongue, semi-dry finish

O: First let me say, I love Three Floyds and what they do and what they are all about, but I'm not a huge fan of this particular beer.
Body of a pale ale, but hops of an IPA.
Great session brew, very hoppy, earthy pale ale.


Photo of Wisconsinality
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a nice two fingers worth of head. The head dies down slowly and leaves some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Big hops up front, leave it to 3F to hop up a mild. There are some grassy notes and slight malt to round it out.

T- The hops have pretty much disappeared, which I am glad to see. A lot of malt, sweet graham crackers and also a slight breadiness as well. This reminds me more of a mild than the smell did.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Feels almost fluffy to me which sounds a little weird but works in my mind.

O- As you would expect from an American interpretation of pretty much any style, it might be a little over hopped. Still pretty good though. Light enough to have a couple of them.

Photo of Brunite
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a white 2 finger head. A cap is retained and the lacing is fantastic. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

S - All hops. Very citrusy. A very faint grain background.

T - This is like an "IPA-Light". Very much hoppiness for a standard APA...but FFF is far from standard. The taste is not as much biscuit as I would like; but still very good.

M - Medium body. Carbonation is held in check after a few swirls. Bitter and dry on the finish.

D - This is basically like a "sessionable" IPA. A good beer but a bit of a weak sister to most good IPA's and not enough malt balance for a PA.

Photo of bristol2120
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle. Pours with a smallish head of off-white foam. Beer is a medium to light copper, lighter than I would expect of a true English mild ale. Hoppy, citrusy, spicy aroma, again more hoppy than I would expect of a mild ale, but very pleasant nonetheless. Taste is very good, with a nicely restrained but still appreciable level of hoppiness. Mouthfeel is pleasant and refreshing with an apprpriate level of carbonation. As a more accomplished reviewer has noted earlier, this is not at all a true English mild ale. It is much closer to an American pale ale. Given 3f's penchant for pushing the hops however, it might fairly be described as "mild" by their standards. Overall though, I found this to be a quality easy to drink brew.

Photo of AgentZero
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - An orange color beer with a small head that left behind a little bit of lacing.

S - Pretty nice meld of aromas: caramel malts, some pine and citrus hops, with some farmy grass like smell. Nothing really jumps out at you as awesome, but it smells good.

T - More malty than hoppy, but it's an easy drinker. Caramel and bready matls on the front with a bit of citrus and grassy hops on the end. It gets a little bitter right at the finish.

M - Medium-light with good carbonation.

O - Not a bad APA, although not the amazing thing that is Alpha King. I'd go with this one if you like your APAs slightly more malt forward, but still with a bit of hops.

Photo of jeff1973
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in pint glass. Thanks to JohnPPutz for the extra!

A - Clear, light orange color. Minimal eggshell color head with very slight lacing.

S - Nice balance between citrus, pine, and floral notes, the floral notes were espeically nice!

T - Hops are upfront but not overpowering. Again, nice balance with the hop flavors. Enough sweetness to really bring out the floral notes, but I would never call this beer sweet.

M - light to medium. Medium to high carbonation. Very easy drinking.

D- High, called a session beer and I can see this big time! If I could get it here in Cali, this would be a fridge staple.

Great session beer, plenty of flavor, easy drinking, low ABV.

Photo of thebeerisgood
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Piny and Floral Hops, slight sweetness from the malt.

Appearance: Amber with a thick, frothy, off-white head. Leaves some sticky lace down the side of the glass.

Taste: Tastes very similar to how it smells, with big pine flavors mixed with crisp citrus, balanced out with sweet caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, crisp and clean.

Drinkability: This is an absolutely smooth session beer. At 5%, you can enjoy a few of these without overpowering your taste buds.

Notes: Although I can't find any documentation on ingredients, this seems like a great showcase of one or more hop varieties such as Cascade and Amarillo. Overall very smooth, this is an ale that even casual drinkers can enjoy. I've seen this in local South Bend, Elkhart and Mishawaka liquor stores, or you could pick up a growler from their brewpub in Munster.

Grade: B+

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for knocking off a bunch of wants in a recent box. This being one of them!

A: The pour is a nice rich amber color with a finger of white head some spotty lacing is left on the glass as I drink it down.

S: Just a really fresh and vibrant hop aroma to this beer. Tons of pine and grapefruit peel with a hint of grass. Touches of sweetness from both fruity, citrusy hops and the bready malt base.

T: Slightly more malt forward than the nose lets on. Toasted bread and hints of caramel on the front end, but still plenty of hop character. Very floral and perfumey with a moderate pine note and bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Three Floyds really does hoppy beers well and this is no exception. A really nice pale ale.

Photo of rrski198
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great merangue like head with good lacing. Tons of slow rising bubbles. Beautiful burnt orange color.

S: Wow, hop forward, big time pine scented hops. Mild sweet biscuit malt.

T: Spicy hops right up front with a great sweet maltiness that balances it right out. Spicy hops hit the gums

M: great carbonation really lets the hops pop. Spicy hops again and a nice dry finish.

O: This is a really good pale ale and well above average. I really dig the hop spice and the well rounded balance at the end. I would definately purchase this if distributed in Missouri. Glad I got the chance to try it.

Pride & Joy Mild Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,142 ratings.